Greensboro Swim Meet Shows HB2 Backlash Not Over

Greensboro Swim Meet Shows HB2 Backlash Not Over

10:04am Mar 08, 2019
Action from the 2014 Winter National Swimming Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The center will host the NCAA Division III swimming championships this month, but some teams will likely be flying in and staying elsewhere because of a New York travel ban to North Carolina that followed the passage of HB2. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, file)

The Greensboro Aquatic Center will host the NCAA 2019 Division III Swimming Championships this month, bringing in college teams from across the country. But teams from one state won’t be staying in the Gate City.

It’s a throwback to the controversy over HB2, the North Carolina law that limited protections for LGBT people.

Its passage sparked a swift backlash that saw many events leave the state. A compromise bill passed in 2017 led many sports groups to reconsider. That included the NBA, which had moved its celebrity-studded All-Star game from Charlotte but brought it back this year.

Not everyone was swayed by the compromise law though. New York’s governor signed an executive order in 2016 banning non-essential state funded travel to North Carolina.

It's still in effect, which means swimmers and divers from the State University of New York at Geneseo who qualified for the championships won’t be able to stay in Greensboro. They’ll be able to compete, but will likely be staying in motel rooms in Virginia, more than an hour away.

Two other New York colleges are also affected by the ban.

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